COPY-Ark. hiring 400 temp. workers on stimulus cash

Associated Press - June 15, 2009 1:44 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas officials say they expect to hire about 400 temporary workers using stimulus money, but are warning applicants the jobs won't be there when the federal funds run out.

Representatives from several state agencies held a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss Arkansas' expected $2.9 billion share of the federal stimulus package. The meeting in Little Rock was the sixth in a series of forums planned around the state this summer.

Chris Masingill, who is the state's implementation officer for stimulus projects, said state agencies have already begun hiring temporary workers through the stimulus package. Applicants for the jobs have to sign letters acknowledging that the positions won't exist once the federal stimulus money runs out, Masingill said.

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